ISBN-10:
0471805998
ISBN-13:
9780471805991
Pub. Date:
10/11/2000
Publisher:
Wiley
Online Communities: Designing Usability and Supporting Sociability / Edition 1

Online Communities: Designing Usability and Supporting Sociability / Edition 1

by Jenny Preece

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ISBN-13: 9780471805991
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/11/2000
Pages: 468
Product dimensions: 7.48(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

Jenny Preece is Professor and Chair of Information Systems at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she teaches online communities and human-computer interaction. Prior to coming to the USA she chaired the first distance education course at the Open University in the UK. She has authored a leading text on Human-Computer Interaction and numerous other publications.

Table of Contents

Foreword.

Preface.

GETTING ACQUAINTED WITH ONLINE COMMUNITIES.

Introduction.

Community Tours.

Sociability: Purpose, People, and Policies.

Usability: Tasks, Users, and Software.

Research Speaks to Practice: Interpersonal Communication.

Research Speaks to Practice: Groups.

DEVELOPING ONLINE COMMUNITIES.

Community-Centered Development.

Selecting Software.

Guidelines: Sociability and Usability.

Assessing Needs and Evaluating Communities.

Development Case Studies.

Looking to the Future.

References.

Index.

What People are Saying About This

Ronald E. Rice

Preece's book is especially important in three ways. First, it focuses on the important and pervasive growth of Internet communities. Second, it presents a comprehensive user-oriented approach for designing online communities. Third, it applies a variety of methods to test and analyze her ideas.
—Ronald E. Rice, Rutgers University

John M. Carroll

......a great contribution.....The Internet is, after all, the center of virtual culture; everyone now needs to know about it.
—John M. Carroll, Virginia Tech

Howard Rheingold

Anyone interested in growing virtual communities would benefit from this well-researched and well-thought-out exposition of the human interface and social issues underlying virtual community design. Jenny Preece provides an important perspective on social cyberspace that has not been available before the social infrastructure provided by thoughtful user interface design.
—Howard Rheingold, Author of The Virtual Community

From the Publisher

Anyone interested in growing virtual communities would benefit fromthis well-researched and well-thought-out exposition of the humaninterface and social issues underlying virtual community design.Jenny Preece provides an important perspective on social cyberspacethat has not been available before. The social infrastructureprovided by thoughtful user interface design.—HowardRheingold, Author of The Virtual Community

.....a great contribution.....The Internet is, after all, thecenter of virtual culture; everyone now needs to know aboutit.—John M. Carroll, Virginia Tech

Preece's book is especially important in three ways. First, itfocuses on the important and pervasive growth of Internetcommunities. Second, it presents a comprehensive user-orientedapproach for designing online communities. Third, it applies avariety of methods to test and analyze her ideas.—RonaldE. Rice, Rutgers University

This is the first book that I am aware of that really focuses onthe issues of usability and software design of onlinecommunities... an excellent organization and mix of topics toaddress this increasing important area of research anddevelopment.—Jean Gasen, Capital One Services Inc.

Who should read this book? Clearly, developers ofnext-generation virtual community tools, services and applicationsshould adopt this as their bible. The struggle for the soul ofcyberspace has begun, and Preece goes a long way toward opening upthis process.—From the Foreword by Doug Schuler, SeattleCommunity Network

Jean Gasen

This is the first book that I am aware of that really focuses on the issues of usability and software design of online communities... an excellent organization and mix of topics to address this increasing important area of research and development.
—Jean Gasen, Capital One Services Inc.

Foreword

From the Foreword by Doug Schuler, Seattle Community Network

Who should read this book? Clearly, developers of next-generation virtual community tools, services and applications should adopt this as their bible. The struggle for the soul of cyberspace has begun, and Preece goes a long way toward opening up this process.

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